Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Tobacco

Adult Smoking

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Education and Income

Overall

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), in the 2013-2014 survey cycle, 19% (18.2%, 19.7%) of Ontario adults (20+ years) identified themselves as current smokers and 14% (13.7%, 14.9%) as daily smokers. The percentage of smokers in Simcoe Muskoka was similar to the province as a whole, with 22% (18.6%, 25.5%) of adults (20+ years) reporting they currently smoked including 16% (13.2%, 19.7%) who smoke daily. The 2013-2014 smoking rate among Simcoe Muskoka adults was not significantly different from the 2011-2012 smoking rate, which was the lowest recorded in Simcoe Muskoka since Statistics Canada began conducting the CCHS in 2000-2001. 

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By Sex

In 2013-2014 in Simcoe Muskoka among adults 20 years and older, 26% (22.5%, 31.3%) of men reported that they were current smokers and 18% (14.3%, 22.3%) said that they were daily smokers. Among adult females in Simcoe Muskoka, 17% (12.2%, 22.5%) reported as current smokers including 15% (9.5%, 19.8%) that were daily smokers. There was a significant downward trend in smoking in Simcoe Muskoka between 2000-2001 and 2013-2014 among women; however, the trend was not significant among males over this same time period. 2013-2014 was the first year that the adult male smoking rate was significantly higher than the adult female smoking rate since Statistics Canada began conducting the CCHS in 2000-2001.  

CurrSmokbySexTREND

By Age Group

In 2013-2014, also from the CCHS, 27% (21.8%, 33.0%) of younger adults (20-44 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported that they currently smoked. This was not significantly different than the 23% (16.8%, 28.6%) of older adults (45–64 years) that reported as current smokers but was significantly higher than the 11% (6.6%, 15.3%) of seniors (65+) that reported as current smokers. There was a significant decreasing trend in current smoking among adults 20 to 44 years and 45 to 64 years in Simcoe Muskoka from 2000-2001 to 2013-2014; however, the per cent of seniors (65+) in Simcoe Muskoka that report as current smokers remained relatively stable over this same time period. 

CurrSmokbyAgeTREND

In 2013-2014, 40% (35.0%, 45.8%) of younger adults (20-44 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported that they have never been a smoker and 34% (27.2%, 40.4%) of older adults 45 to 64 years report that they never have been a smoker. There was a significant increasing trend in the prevalence of never smoking among adults 20 to 44 years and adults 45 to 64 years in Simcoe Muskoka between 2000-2001 and 2013-2014. There wasn’t a significant change in the per cent of seniors (65+) that reported never have been a smoker over this same time period.
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Education & Income

 

Levels of education and income also plays a significant role in smoking rates, with smoking levels dropping as education and income levels increase.

From 2007-2014, approximately half (48% (41.1%, 55.7%)) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20+) years old who had not completed high school were current smokers, which was approximately five times higher than what was reported by those with at least a University degree (8% (6.3%, 10.6%)).
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Approximately one-third (37% (32.1%, 41.2%)) of adults (20+ years) living in the lowest income quintile were current smokers, which was approximately twice as high as the 19% (15.0%, 22.1%) that reported as current smokers among those living in the highest income quintile.CurrSmokbyIncBAR